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UIC Flames Fire Coach Howard Moore, Begin National Search

After five seasons, and only one with a winning record, Howard Moore is out as the head coach of the UIC Flames.

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According to David Kaplan, UIC has fired coach Howard Moore after five seasons.

Moore was hired before the 2010-11 season to replace Jimmy Collins. The obvious goal was to link UIC with more of the top recruits coming out of Chicago, and he had some success in bringing in better players from the city.

Moore had previously been on staff at Wisconsin, where he was famous for helping the Badgers steal players out of Chicago.

During his five seasons, Moore was 49-111, with a 17-67 record in the Horizon League. His best season came in his third year when the Flames were 18-16 and finished 7-9 in the league. They lost by one point to Green Bay in the Horizon League quarterfinals, but went on to play in the CIT.

This year, Moore managed to take UIC through to the conference semifinals, despite winning just four league games during the regular season.

According to Kaplan, a nationwide search will begin immediately.